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Have We Learned Nothing?

Over the weekend outrage poured over social media, main stream media outlets, and talk around town about how in 2014 could LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling make such racist comments? The hockey world was dragged into it with a poorly thought out/worded piece in which was called out by Greg Wyshynski on Yahoo! Sadly though the hockey world does not appear to be much different - and that should provoke just as much outrage. 

Last night the Montreal Canadiens visited the Boston Bruins to kick off the second round of the NHL 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and apparently a main stream media member made a few references that also should not be made since it is as you know 2014:

 

If you watch Coach's Corner you know this wasn't the first time Don Cherry has said something that could be controversial; it is almost as well known as his suits (which is what most of the talk about Don Cherry was last night).  

Oh but it wasn't just back then it happened last night as well...

However it is 2014 and with groups like You Can Play Project and the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) we as a hockey community like to consider ourselves to be accepting of our hockey loving brothers and sisters.

So when P.K. Subban scored in the second overtime last night it is a punch to the gut for many that this was the reaction on Twitter from a section of the hockey world:

– subban is the definition of a n*****
– Someone needs to smack PK subban across his big n***** lips. #scumbag
– SUBBAN IS A F****** PORCH M*****

There were more than just those three published this morning by CBS Detroit this morning in Twitter Blows Up With Racist Reactions take the time to read more of them or do your own Twitter search if you use that social media platform.

The hockey world is not as accepting as many want to assume it is and that is exactly why You Can Play and ASHA along with other programs are so badly needed.  It starts at the youth level with not so much as teaching acceptance but reinforcing it so that one day these programs wont be as badly needed to re teach adults what they have forgotten.

Update 12:25 pm 

Bruins President Cam Neely issued the following statement:

"The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday's game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization."

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Please don’t confuse the words of some dumb asses as speaking for the rest of the “hockey world”. This is part of the problem you are talking about.

Posted by weswolverine on 05/02/14 at 12:25 PM ET

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For the love of all things… I really, really struggle with the fact that this is an issue.  I just can’t (or maybe won’t.. I don’t know) believe that someone’s FIRST reaction to Subban scoring an OT game winner is to let the n-word fly. 

I wish I had something more eloquent to say but I don’t… I’m just so disappointed in all this crap, wherever it comes up.

However, I do love PK Subban and the WAYNE TRAIN and That Little French Guy.

Posted by rklpro on 05/02/14 at 12:45 PM ET

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Bruins President Cam Neely issued the following statement:

“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”

Don’t forget the Bahston fans tossing garbage on the ice after the GWG.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/02/14 at 12:49 PM ET

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I have to hope against hope that the ignorant and hateful tweets of Boston fans are those “casual fans” the league so desperately wants to cultivate. There’s no explaining Don Cherry, the despicable relic of a thankfully bygone era that he is. These incredibly rude tweets and comments have no place in hockey. For this to be coming from Boston is extra insulting since they are the team that broke the NHL’s color line with Willie O’Ree!

What amazes me is how we as a people get so upset over the rude racism as exhibited here and by Sterling, but we don’t seem to engage in getting upset over the less rude, more systemic racism all around us. I suppose it is a good thing that these sorts of comments sicken us. I remember a time not too long ago where such sentiments wouldn’t make the news. But I digress.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/02/14 at 12:51 PM ET

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A lot of the issue today stems from those born 1970 and forward, these people have grown up in a sanitized world, and they demand that those who lived through wars and cold wars and race wars, pony up to their sanitized world.  These people can not accept the way people expressed themselves in the 40,50,60’s.  I understand the issue, these people will have to tolerate my kind until we die off, then there will be some other issue the bleeding hearts will take up.  Remember this saying, “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks”  Is your way the better way?  well is the world getting to be a better place each day ?  I’m afraid not younger generation.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/02/14 at 01:01 PM ET

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It’s Boston fans. Why is this type of behavior surprising?

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/02/14 at 01:03 PM ET

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The 60s were 50 years ago already. If people are still harboring a worldview from the Kennedy administration, I’d suggest the problem is theirs, not with the younger people who call out their bigoted views. This isn’t how the older people express themselves, it is what they are expressing. And as far as blaming age, I’m willing to bet that the people on twitter calling Suban racist slurs aren’t older. Older people tend not to be tweeting too much.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/02/14 at 01:05 PM ET

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The spouting on social media is, in my mind, an indication that those spouting have two issues to deal with:

A) latent racist beliefs
B) anger management issues

Honestly, why get so bent out of shape over this? It is, after all, only a game. It was double OT, there were plenty of opportunities to end it before Subban did.

Of course, you can bet the reaction of these same people would have been different if Iginla had scores the GWG…

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 05/02/14 at 01:06 PM ET

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Ah, thankfully jhpcarrier has joined the site to advise us on all sorts of matters. This is a “bleeding hearts” issue, apparently. Nothing to see for lovers of tea here, move on.

When Wayne Simmonds was playing here a few years ago, there would always be some dumbass, non-season ticket holder types that would make a big deal about the fact that there was a black player on the ice during the pre-game skate. Stupidity, racism, bigotry…all ages are guilty, and it’s not really worth delineating the lines of grey.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/02/14 at 02:10 PM ET

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The 60s were 50 years ago already. If people are still harboring a worldview from the Kennedy administration, I’d suggest the problem is theirs, not with the younger people who call out their bigoted views. This isn’t how the older people express themselves, it is what they are expressing. And as far as blaming age, I’m willing to bet that the people on twitter calling Suban racist slurs aren’t older. Older people tend not to be tweeting too much.

Unfortunately, anyone who’s ever read the comments section of the Detroit News can’t be remotely surprised or shocked by any of this.  If only it were all age, we could live to see it die away, but there so so much vested interest in perpetuating it.  That is the sad reality.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/02/14 at 02:12 PM ET

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It’s not hard to find stupid people saying stupid stuff when they can be anonymous on the internet.  Sucks but you won’t be able to shame them into silence.  I would venture that, like most situations where racist and ignorance is put on display, most people don’t harbor those views.  To think at this point this is a hockey crowd thing is just as simple minded as the dip sticks that hide on Twitter.

Side note, I’d love to have Subban on my team.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 05/02/14 at 10:09 PM ET

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